A penny arcade can be any type of venue for coin-operated devices, usually for entertainment.
This included early forms of pinball and fortune-telling machinery of the 1930s and
Slot machines. Vending machines may also be considered in this category. The name
derives from the penny, once a staple coin for such machines.
The earliest penny arcades from the nineteenth century had machines called bagatelles,
a game combining pinball and billiards. Later, penny arcade machines grew closer
to modern pinball. Penny arcades were once common at Seaside resorts, end of the
pier and fairs but by the 1960s, such coin-operated amusements were generally replaced
by more modern games of chance and skill (redemption games such as shooting galleries
and skill ball).
Another form of machine found in penny arcades were peep show machines (ancient usage
of the term) which allowed the viewer to see various views of objects and later moving
pictures. Slot machines, Allwins, love testers, fortune teller machines, cranes,
working models and other coin-operated devices were found in such venues.
Penny arcades later led to the creation of video arcades in the 1970s. Antique